OK to be mentally ill?

Richard Hallam writes.

Mental health charities are keen to promote themselves as playing a valued role in advancing the interests of the mentally unhealthy. Can we rely on prevalence figures for ‘mental health’, whatever that is, and what could charities be doing to improve the situation? According to the Mental Health Foundation (tinyurl.com/l33v9k8), a survey of respondents (called ‘panel members’) revealed that 65 per cent had experienced a mental health problem, and


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